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Property expert Tony Hooks explains why properties in rural Northumberland are soon snapped up.

The postcode area NE65 covers a wonderful swathe of North Northumberland, south of Alnwick, stretching from the coast at Amble to picturesque villages nestled in the south Cheviot hills.

The two main towns in the area are Amble and Rothbury. Amble, at the mouth of the River Coquet, is the area's most important fishing centre north of the Tyne. It also boasts an award winning marina and is a popular tourist destination.

The market town of Rothbury is divided by the River Coquet and sits close to the imposing Simonside Hills. Its history stretches back to the Border Reivers days of the 15th Century and today it is a bustling market and tourist town.

It is a truly desirable region in which to live.

The postal district covers many Northumberland's most sought-after country villages such as Warkworth, with its magnificent 13th Century castle; Newton on the Moor, which boasts an award-winning pub and restaurant; Longhorsley and Longframlington, where the local store has just won the title of "Grocer of the Year".

Many of the villages such as Hepple, Netherton, Thropton and Harbottle have easy access to the Cheviot Hills, whereas Guyzance, Acklington and Swarland are within easy access to the spectacular coast of Northumberland.

Residential property in the area is most sought after, either by people who wish to move to a rural community, yet still within commuting distance of Newcastle, or someone looking for a holiday home. Consequently, period, traditional and new homes are soon snapped up.

The area has good rail links from Alnmouth to Edinburgh (one hour) and London (three-and-a-half hours).

Both the A1 and A697 make access to the north and south very simple and Newcastle International Airport is within 40 minutes.

And because of the recent planning policy in Alnwick District Council there is no more building allowed in the rural areas, other than on already developed sites.

This will have an effect on the availability of properties coming on to the market and I foresee the area becoming increasingly sought-after and homes put on the market attracting even more interest.

* Tony Hooks is head of property based at George F White's Alnwick office. He can be contacted on 01665 603231 or visit
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 10, 2007
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